I have Leslie Sansone's Walk Diet book. From something I read in there I estimate 100 steps per minute. If I walk 4500 steps, for example, I log 45 minutes at whatever speed seems appropriate to the amount of effort I put out.
I know the conversion is approximate, but I am more concerned with getting my steps in and being consistent than I am with precisely tracking my calories expended.
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I'm not going to be much help here at all, I'm afraid. I wear the pedometer if I am going for a walk outside or to some activity that I know will require a lot of walking. It will measure miles, steps,aerobic waking and the minutes at that level and the calories for the aerobics--so I use that only. If I go to another activity and I know I will be walking a lot I wear the pedometer and take the total minutes, divided by the distance walked and that would give the mph. I will record that--it is probably an underestimate of actual calories but I am really looking more for increased activity than an accurate calorie burn. Of course, I love to see high numbers on the calorie burn. If there is some aerobic walking while I am out walking, I do subtract that out from the total for the day and record that one at a higher level. I don't know if this makes sense at all, but I did say I didn't think I'd be much help. I get most of my cardio that I record from aerobics or other activities and tend not to record steps because it is just too confusing to me. I think Lauren and Dorothy gave you some great suggestions.
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I would use the steps that I did as a continueous exercise walking or dvd and record as cardio minutes. Addtional steps I use as a note of walking steps. Since the are not actual cardio,but extra healthy steps. (house,shopping,work these are slower paced)
Example: 10,000 steps recorded
3.1 miles in 55 mins (3.1/55 =17.7 min mile) **Exercise recorded as:Cardio = 17 min mile, 55 mins then 10000-6820 (steps) =3180 so I would note 3180 as additional steps at the bottome of page.
Not sure if this is correct way, but how I did it.
Rachel, I can only tell you how I've done it. My pedometer gives me time and distance also, along with my steps, so I enter it into the Tracker by those 2 measurements. Ex: If I did a mile worth of steps in 13 minutes, I tracked it as a 13 minute mile. I don't know if that's the right way to do it, but I couldn't think of any other way. I hope this was some help. You need to ask Patty, the "Exercise Guru!"
As you all know, I'm working hard at being easy on myself! Having said that, my new goal for the week is: 13000 steps five times 10000 once 50000 once
This is with a pedometer and after having tracked myself for a few weeks, so I know I can do it. The thing is that some of it will be guaranteed "cardio" because I'll fill in gaps with Leslie, but I want to know how to track the days when I didn't do something specifically cardio? On my pedometer, I have "aerobic" steps measured every time I walk for more than 10 minutes at more than 60 steps/ minute. This happens sometimes, but some days all my steps are broken up throughout the day. On Friday, for exampel, I exceeded 10000 but none of them registered? How do I credit myself for this in Spark? Any ideas? Thanks in advance...
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